Blog One: Countdown to an Educational Revolution
Can you believe today was the first day of school? Summer flew by as the school community worked diligently for the 2019-2020 school year, the inaugural year of Deep Creek Learning Center (DCLC) to commence! Since the vision for DCLC became a reality, we have been anticipating this day. Like all school years, we felt a plethora of emotions for our kids. If they were nervous, we may have experienced some butterflies too. If they were excited, we could take a deep breath and pray that the excitement lasts for the next 179 days. This year as we navigate a new way of ‘doing education’, the excitement that accompanies the mission we are embarking on can never adequately be put into words.
This year is full of change. As we all know, transitions can evoke feelings of uncertainty and surprise. After all, transitions take people on a quest into the unknown. At DCLC, we view this journey as exciting, necessary, and the only option when it comes to education.
This year is full of change. As we all know, transitions can evoke feelings of uncertainty and surprise. Afterall, transitions take people on a quest into the unknown. At DCLC, we view this journey as exciting, necessary, and the only option when it comes to education.
Today when our doors opened, we began to innovate the way education is perceived. Were we excited? That is an understatement. We are on fire to ignite a love of learning in every student, guide, parent, and community partner who walks through our doors. At DCLC, our students are encouraged to take ownership of their education. Through academic enrichment and hands on learning experiences, students are going to uncover who they are and how they can make a difference in the world right now that will impact the world of tomorrow.
Our goal for today and the days to come is to establish a genuine love and passion for education in each student. We are here to create lifelong learners. DCLC is committed to break the chains of education by eliminating the stresses and pressures that students are feeling at such an early age in traditional school settings. We believe if students experience negative feelings at school, their love of learning diminishes. This can lead to school becoming a place that is feared and at a very early age, students begin to dislike school.
Today, instead of kids sitting in neatly aligned desks for several hours, kids of different maturities and skill levels began working collaboratively as the guides encouraged cooperative learning. This innovative educational model will require students to think for themselves. Arguably, this skill is one of the most valuable keys to life. Students will be asked questions that will require them to think critically. This method will give each student the opportunity to take ownership of their education.
Please don’t be surprised if this transition isn’t a flawless one for your child. Tonight, your child may even feel like they weren’t at school, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t learning. It may simply mean that because they took ownership of their academic schedule, went on a nature walk, or game schooled, it felt like such a contrast to the norm. This difference is going to begin a revolution in their lives.
See you tomorrow!
Erin and Kristi
Launch Day 2019-20